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Buckle Up and Hang On, The 2019 Burton U·S·Open is Going to be Huge

The 37th annual Burton U·S·Open Snowboarding Championships are lighting up Vail, Colorado, February 25 - March 2, 2019!

Legendary competition in halfpipe and slopestyle is only the beginning. The world’s greatest snowboard event also features a full week of entertainment for all ages, on and off the mountain, highlighted by four nights of free live music as part of the Burton Concert Series. Wednesday night through Saturday night, you’re invited to free performances by an eclectic mix of mainstage touring bands, breakthrough artists, and world-renowned DJs on the Solaris Concert Stage. Not to mention ticketed late-night shows with special guests at the Shakedown Bar in Vail Village.

Burton Concert Series
Did someone say four nights of free live music?
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley performing at the Burton Concert Series
The 2018 lineup included legends like Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley.

Now that you know what you’re doing each night, let’s get back to the competition. As the longest-running competitive event in snowboarding, the Burton U·S·Open is your chance to watch the world’s best battle it out in halfpipe and slopestyle. The action kicks off Tuesday, February 26 with the Junior Jam Halfpipe presented by Clif Bar. This halfpipe competition gives us a glimpse at the future as a field of the top groms ages 14 and under battle it out in the 22-foot superpipe. Up for grabs is a $2,000 prize purse and the opportunity to ride alongside the pros in Thursday’s halfpipe semi-finals.

Watch riders like Chloe Kim, Anna Gasser, Scotty James, Mark McMorris, and Red Gerard do what they do best.

Wednesday, February 27, is when the pros take the stage for the slopestyle semi-finals, followed by halfpipe semi-finals on Thursday. The list of competing riders is stacked and all will be charging full throttle in hopes of advancing to Friday and Saturday’s finals for a shot at a piece of the $373,000 USD prize purse. Check out the full event schedule here, then make plans to join us in Vail or tune in live so you can watch riders like Chloe Kim, Anna Gasser, Scotty James, Mark McMorris, and Red Gerard do what they do best.

Chloe Kim at the Burton U·S·Open
3x defending Burton U·S·Open halfpipe champion Chloe Kim is ready. Are you?
Raibu Katayama at the Burton U·S·Open
It doesn’t get more up close and personal than this.
Luke Winkelmann at the Burton U·S·Open
Luke Winkelmann greasing one on the slopestyle course.
Raibu Katayama at the Burton U·S·Open
Japan’s Raibu Katayama exploded on the scene in last year’s halfpipe finals.
Junior Jam Podium at the Burton U·S·Open
The girls’ Junior Jam halfpipe podium. Don’t worry, it’s sparkling cider.

New for this year, we’re also giving you the chance to compete alongside your friends, family, and even the pros in the inaugural Burton Slide Show Banked Slalom. Open to all ages, this event is free to enter and offers you the chance to race against the clock down a course with banked turns and gates. Registration and the race itself will both take place at the Black Forest Race Arena, Thursday and Friday from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm, and Saturday from 10am-1pm.

Compete alongside your friends, family, and even the pros in the inaugural Burton Slide Show Banked Slalom.

2019 marks the seventh year in a row that the Burton U·S·Open will be held at Vail Mountain and every year we find more ways to up the entertainment. We’ll have free snowboard and binding demos for riders to try, including the revolutionary Burton Step On® system. We’ll also have opportunities for you to make some turns alongside your favorite riders on the Burton Team. Kids ages 3-6 can get in on the fun, too, by checking out the Burton Riglet Park, with free Burton learning equipment and lessons to boot.

Like FREE stuff? Make sure you cruise through the Sponsor Village at Golden Peak for product sampling, demos, and giveaways! Throughout Vail Village you’ll find daily Après All Day food and drinks specials at participating bars and restaurants, as well as live broadcasts of the competition, plus more giveaways and contests. Get yourself some commemorative U·S·Open gear at the Burton Pop-Up Shop at Golden Peak and on, plus look for opportunities to meet the pros at events like the annual Chill fundraiser party at 8pm Wednesday night in the Colorado Snowsports Museum. Don’t forget to keep your energy up for the Closing Party on Saturday night at the Dobson Arena where we send it in legendary fashion with all the friends we’ve made throughout the week.

A group of women walking through the Sponsor Village at the Burton U·S·Open
Red Bull, POW, Paul Mitchell? Just a few of the friends you’ll find in Sponsor Village.
Chloe Kim Posing with fans at the Burton U·S·Open
Hanging out with Team Toyota athlete Chloe Kim.

Stay tuned to for the updates on invited riders, concert and competition schedules, live broadcasts, and more. Better yet, simply download the official Burton U·S·Open app on Google Play and the App Store. Let’s do this!

Check out the 2019 Burton Concert Series lineup below.

The Burton U·S·Open Bolt